In a certain village there
was a vivtuous hermit observiing a very difficult penance of Masakhaman
Some goddess impressed with
his virtues used to bow to him and wished that he might please order her
to do something suitable for him and her also.
Once upon a time some
brahmin called bad names and abused him on hearing which the
hermit began to to quarrel with him angrily.
Then the strong brahmin
felled him down on the ground by striking him the weakened by hunger with
fist of fuvy.
That Brahmin begat to beat
him brautally often and often and then let him go. That saint too
came very painfully back to his place.
But that saint did not
speak anythink to her then the goddess herself asked that silent saint
Maharaj! what kind of
offence have I committed ? why do you not speak to me ? At that point
even though committed to silence he loudly uttered thus to her.
Oh goddess! some brahmin
stroke me but you did not protect me nor you punished him who harassed me
Therefore I donot speak
anything to you showing respect only outwardly on hearing his such
words she spoke with a smile.
Maharaj! when you were
quarreling with each other I was there enjoying it. Both of you out of rage
were found like so I could not single out and judge who was a brahmin
and who was a monk.
I could not judge who was a
monk and who was abrahmin between both of you. So I did not defend you nor
I punished him. On hearing her words saint's fuvy was appeased and he
spoke as follows.
Then the goddess
respectfully bowed to him and went to her place. Thus even a monk because
of anger becomes a dunce and a fool like a child therefore a monk should
not be angry even
with the abuser person.